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Northweald is a wilderness area in Pillars of Eternity.

Background[]

A large stretch of the wilderness north of Twin Elms, Northweald lies on the edge of the area affected by the War of Black Trees, with half of it still bearing the scars of the war, and the other pristine, kept safe by the river and the Sentinel's Waterfall.

Points of interest[]

  • You enter the area from the southwest. Just a short distance to the north is the Pilgrims' Camp, tied to At the Mercy of the Tribes. The hidden container in the pillar has a potion.
  • Head east over the river to run into Cwineth if you agreed to help her. Farther to the southeast lies a trail leading to an isolated mesa, where the Fangs have cornered the Dyrwoodan expedition. It's a little deeper in the mesa, hiding among the ruins, with Esmar, their captain, standing in the center.
  • In the center, along the northern edge, is a large spotted stelgaer laying dead on its side, tied to Hunter, Brother. You can interact with its soul to learn what happened to it - and that Arthwn definitely did not kill it. At the bottom, near the waterfall, lies the body of Fîorm.
  • The way to the Temple of Hylea lies in the upper left corner, in the form of a staircase up the cliffside among the ruins of an Engwithan temple. In order to proceed, a large boulder must be moved out of the way, requiring either a Hammer and Chisel or a party member with Might 16. Following this, a shower of falling rocks can be avoided with Athletics 5. If this check is failed, the party member with the worst Athletics gains a Concussion (-2 Intellect, -2 Resolve) and Bruised Ribs (-4 Constitution).
  • Finally, towards the end of The Long Hunt, Persoq is found on the ledge, surrounded by Glanfathan hunters. The entrance to the cave is nearby.

Characters[]

During At the Mercy of the Tribes
  • Cwineth: On the southern edge of the map, just east of the river
  • Esmar: In the eastern ruins.

Enemies[]

Loot[]

Notable loot[]

Containers[]

Note: For a complete list of fixed and random loot found in Northweald, see here.
Barrel (southwest):
Loose Brick (Hidden, Difficulty 8 - southwest):
Crate (northwest):
Vase (northwest):
Container (Hidden, Difficulty 9 - northwest):
Barrel (east):
Urn (east):

Behind the scenes[]

  • This area contains developer commentary.
The Northweald was one of the last wilderness areas I designed for the game. I created the blockout trying to emphasise two things: elevation increase, because the area leads to the high peaks where Hylea's temple rests, and also a visual history. This last element was conveyed by the forest itself. Half of it looks like it was burnt a long time ago, while the other half of it looks pristine, separating both sides there's a mountain creek. The idea here was to show a boundary of the fires that were consumed during the War of the Black Trees.
~ Jorge Salgado, Designer

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